The recently published paper "Urban epidemiology as an integrative approach for sustainable, health-promoting urban development" provides an overview of current approaches and challenges as well as recommendations for research, practice and education and training. The article was published in a series of position papers on sustainable urban health in the journal Gesundheitswesen.
In addition to urban epidemiology, these position papers cover the topics of urban planning and health, urban green and blue, and mobility and health. Prof. Dr. Gabriele Bolte, Department of Social Epidemiology of the IPP, presented urban epidemiology strategies at the 9th conference "Stadt der Zukunft – gesunde nachhaltige Metropolen".
Urban epidemiology is a new integrative approach in that it uses and combines concepts and methods from different disciplines. Research in the field of urban epidemiology is essential for understanding the complex relationships between the physical and social environment and health in urban areas. The concept of the urban exposome is fundamental. Urban epidemiology provides an important data and methodological basis for integrated reporting, health impact assessments and the evaluation of measures. Methods and findings of urban epidemiology thus contribute in many ways to research for healthy, sustainable metropolitan areas and to the practice of health-promoting, sustainable urban development.
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Prof Dr. Gabriele Bolte
Institute of Public Health and Nursing Research
Department of Social Epidemiology